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Wood Type Star Border

Wood Type Star Border

A recent visit to the Hamilton Wood Type web site led to the purchase of some Star Borders. Every once in a while I see vintage pieces of borders pop up on an online action. Vintage is nice, but to pick up several freshly minted pieces at a fair price is even nicer. I’m a happy printer. Thank You Hamilton Printing Museum for making these available to those of use in the world that cherish such an...
What is this font? (SOLVED)

What is this font? (SOLVED)

I was out in the shop (garage) organizing. Pulled the bottom drawer of our type cabinet and took a close look at the type. It’s a mystery. I had not paid much attention to what was in the drawer because I thought it was a common form of a Blackletter type like old English. Started to try to identify what font I was looking at. Honestly, I’m at a loss. Never been much of a fan of Old English fonts. Nevertheless, I have to admit this variation has some nice characteristics. Sort of a hand tooled look. This is 18-point foundry type, 14-point cap on with 6-points leading. The lower case type very small. I’ve looked through numerous type specimen books, ranging from the 1890’s to the 1950’s. Solved! Waldorf...
Cheltenham Wood Type

Cheltenham Wood Type

Let’s just say I may have been overly excited when I found this type at an antique store. I don’t no about you, but I have a formula for how much I like to pay for wood type. Needless to say, I paid up for this lot. I tried to negotiate but there wasn’t much give. Don’t get me wrong, I have no buyers remorse. Just didn’t want to pay full price for numbers and punctuation. Then again, I didn’t want to see anymore of the set broken up. Serif type is a premium, and Solid type with matching inline will always put a smile on your face. That is if you’re into letterpress printing. So here it is, 10-line Cheltenham Bold Condensed with inline Wood Type. Might be extra condensed. I haven’t found a type speciman. Although it’s Hamilton, marked Two Rivers,...
Large Copper Faced Printer’s Block

Large Copper Faced Printer’s Block

Printer’s blocks are a curious item. I see a few here and there at antique stores. Not as coveted of a find as wood type is to this press guy. Matter of fact I don’t always find printer’s blocks interesting. There are certain subjects that will catch my eye. I have found a copper faced block of an old “Little Giant” printing press. Strange enough, I have found two different sizes of the same press. Yesterday I happened on an 11” x 8” copper faced block of a huge printing press. Or was it a printing press? After a little research I found that it was a Duplex reel-fed flatbed perfecting press. The Duplex’s day-to-day role was some where between a cylinder press and a web-perfecting stereotype press used for circulations larger than 10,000. Like the large stereotype presses the Duplex feeds the paper from a roll, prints on both sides of the sheet and delivers a folded paper. Early presses were designed for general trade. As circulations increased for major newspapers, printing moved from a trade to an industry. Multi-cylinder presses were developed to meet the growing demand for increased pages per hour. Even greater demands lead to the development of type-revolving machines and eventually web-fed rotary presses to meet the need for volume and speed. Not all city newspapers had the circulation to justify huge printing presses and stereotyped printing plates. In 1889, the Duplex Printing Press Company produced a reel-fed flatbed perfecting press to meet the needs of smaller newspapers and general printing. The flat bed design allowed the newspaper lock up type and photos much...
30-Line Gothic Poster

30-Line Gothic Poster

It wasn’t a light package the delivery man left at the front door. You would expect a big box of letterpress 5″ wood type to be on the heftier side. And it was. About a year ago I had already filled on drawer of the Hamilton Case with 18-Line All Caps Gothic Poster. Any day you can fill a drawer with wood type is a good day. Today is a better than average day because 3o-line Poster Gothic filled two drawers. I also spent some of the morning, while I waited for the Fedex truck, cleaning a drawer of 10-line De Vinne recently acquired at the San Jose Printer’s Fair. About half way there, and it’s cleaning up real...